Are X-rays Dangerous?

Our practice utilizes radiographs (x-rays) to help take care of your teeth. X-rays are an important diagnostic tool that helps doctors detect damage, disease, and decay that are not visible on physical exam. Dental x-rays can show: areas of decay between teeth and underneath fillings, abscesses or cysts, bone loss due to gum disease, growth Read More …

All About Plaque

Plaque is the soft, sticky film containing millions of bacteria that accumulates on the surface of your teeth. If not removed regularly with thorough brushing and flossing, the bacteria in plaque cause tooth decay and gum disease. Plaque that is not removed can eventually harden into tartar. Brushing and flossing then become more difficult as Read More …

To Floss or Not to Floss?

Flossing is an essential part of keeping your teeth and gums healthy. In addition to regular brushing, cleaning between your teeth helps remove plaque, the sticky film that builds up on your teeth after eating.  Whether you have braces, crowns, bridges, periodontal issues or sensitivity, Drs. Gretchen and Tom can help guide you on which Read More …

Oral Cancer

Oral and oropharyngeal cancer (cancer of the mouth and upper throat) collectively kill nearly one person every hour of every day of the year. Of the people newly diagnosed with these cancers, 40 percent will not survive longer than five years. Moreover, many who do survive suffer long-term problems, such as severe facial disfigurement or Read More …

the Great American Smoke Out!

Smoking is one of the worst habits for a person’s health. According to the American Cancer Society, “36.5 million Americans still smoke cigarettes, and tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the world.”  This Great American Smokeout, we encourage our patients, family members and friends to make a Read More …

Should OraCare Mouth Rinse be a Part of Your Daily Dental Regimen?

OraCare is a two-part mouth rinse system that uses activated chlorine dioxide to help improve your oral health. In comparison to similar products on the market, OraCare is exceptional because it kills biofilm, fungi, viruses, bacteria, and VSC’s in the mouth. Because of its multiple benefits and uses, our dentists are now recommending OraCare for Read More …

Dental Prosthetic Basics

Restoring your smile involves treating tooth decay, infection, occlusal wear, broken or lost teeth, and making sure your function is balanced. The goal is that all teeth, muscles, and joints working in unison. The final result is a healthy smile that looks and feels better. If you’re missing one or more teeth, a BRIDGE may Read More …

Is Your Smile Unappealing?

Cosmetic dentistry can significantly enhance the appearance of your smile and boost your self-image.  It is a complement to the overall health and function of your teeth. We offer Opalescence Boost in-office and Opalescence Go at-home whitening treatments. Opalescence Boost is a professional treatment done in our office.  It is powerful and effective at creating Read More …

Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea is a common and very serious disorder that happens when regular breathing is interrupted during sleep. According to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, nearly 30 million adults in the U.S. have obstructive sleep apnea, a chronic disease that involves the repeated collapse of the upper airway during sleep.  Common warning signs include Read More …

A Few Minutes a Day Helps Keep the Drill Away!

Although there has been some recent debate on the benefits of cleaning between your teeth, flossing is an essential part of keeping your teeth and gums healthy. The American Dental Association recommends cleaning between teeth once per day.  In an August 2016 statement The US Department of Health and Human Services said flossing “is an Read More …